Research Update

I returned from my research trip to London earlier this summer and found a lot of really interesting things! I visited the National Archives in London where there were a wide variety of documents and reports that outlined the student movements that were rising up in both East and West Pakistan. They detailed various aspects of the movements and even the British governments contribution and involvement with them, which was largely educational and set up through the dispersion of aid to help improve infrastructure and curriculum.

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Researching the 1960s Student Protests in Pakistan

The 1960s were a time of great social and political change, during which youth involvement and student activism rose to the forefront throughout the world. Younger generations unhappy with society and government found their voice, and challenged the norms and governance. As such, the Pakistani student protest movement rose in response to the military dictatorship in place in the country at the time. And while addressing national political conditions, the movement was informed by many of the elements present in the student protests raging on throughout the world, such as left-wing intellectualism and rock n’ roll. Thus, the movement is in many ways connected to those occurring throughout the world. In my research I am hoping to see if I can find common “cultural catalysts” that were present in both South Asian student activism and it’s Western counterpart. Specifically I am hoping to see if cultural commodities such as rock n’ roll influenced Pakistani students, as they did students in Europe and America.

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